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  • 2016 NFL draft grades for Rounds 2-3

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 hrs ago

    CHICAGO  – The Jags look scary. Jerry Jones gambled, as only he can. And there was a surprise at what quarterbacks heard their names called on Friday night. Oh, and someone traded UP to get a kicker.

    Here are knee-jerk reactions and grades for Day 2 of the NFL draft, which featured Rounds 2 and 3.

    Round 2

    1. Cleveland Browns: DE Emmanuel Ogbah – A big, talented rush end who might stand up in the Browns’ 3-4 defense or bulk up and play the end spot. A bit of a curious pick given that uncertainty, but Ogbah is athletic and has a track record of getting to the QB. Grade: C+

    2. Tennessee Titans: DE Kevin Dodd – Pass rusher run! Dodd was one of our favorites, Shutdown Corner’s No. 14 overall player, and he has a chance to be a very good pro after breaking out last season and residing in the shadow of Shaq Lawson until the national title game. Dodd can play on his feet, has great length and is ascending. The Titans needed front-seven help. A nice start to their second day. Grade: A-

    Round 3

  • Roger Goodell had an odd quote about the Laremy Tunsil video

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 15 hrs ago

    It was the most exciting, bonkers and confusing first round in recent memory. Tunsil's social media disaster was a big reason for it.

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    What did Roger Goodell think of all this, watching the draft unfold from his holy chambers in Draft Heights? Here's an interesting quote, via ESPN, from Goodell on Friday morning:

    "I think it's all part of what makes the draft so exciting. Clubs make decisions. Sometimes they take risks. Sometimes they do the right things. Sometimes they don't, and we'll see. Hopefully he is going to turn our to be a great young player."

    Others, like ESPN's Jim Trotter, agree with us.

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  • Best available players for Day 2 of the NFL draft

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Round 1 of the 2016 NFL draft featured twists and turns that few expected, including a wild ride for Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil after an unfortunate social-media disaster.

    But part of the story is also about the players who were not selected. Here are the scouting reports for all of the Shutdown Corner Top 50 players — including 12 of our top 31 — who remain available for Friday's Rounds 2 and 3.

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    5. UCLA LB Myles Jack 6-foot-1, 245 pounds

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    14. Clemson DE Kevin Dodd 6-foot-5, 277 pounds

    16. Clemson CB Mackensie Alexander 5-foot-10, 190 pounds

    18. Alabama DT-DE Jarran Reed 6-foot-3, 307 pounds

     

  • Round 1's grades for 2016 NFL draft

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    CHICAGO – One player's social media accounts dominated discussion. Jerry Jones couldn't pass up on a potential star running back. And Denver may have found its quarterback not named Sam Bradford. It was a wild first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night.

    Here's a look at the 31 picks, with knee-jerk reactions and grades:

    1) Los Angeles Rams: QB Jared Goff – This pick has been in pretty much since the Rams moved up dramatically from No. 15 to 1, even if they kept the mystery going for a few weeks. Goff is a rhythm passer who has spent three years in the “Bear Raid” offense, and there will be a transition to more of a pro system with a first-year passing coordinator and a second-year QB coach. Patience, Rams fans. Grade: B

    5) Jacksonville Jaguars: DB Jalen Ramsey – This is a dream scenario for GM Dave Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley, who now have upgraded their defense with a Day 1 impact defender. Ramsey is expected to play corner and nickel, and he also can impact special teams. What an unbelievable stroke of luck for the Jaguars, who hope to match their explosive offense with a competitive defense. Grade: A

     

     

     

  • Laremy Tunsil slides in draft after bong video posted on Twitter

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Laremy Tunsil's draft night will go down in infamy. 

    Minutes before the NFL draft began, a video was posted to Tunsil's Twitter account. It showed Tunsil in a gas mask smoking something, just before he removed the mask to reveal his face. 

    The tweet was quickly taken down and Tunsil deleted his account, but the damage was done. Attentive eyes quickly posted it to Twitter and YouTube. Tunsil's agent later told Ian Rapaport of NFL Network that his client's account was hacked, but he also confirmed that it was his client in the clip. Tunsil admitted it was him too, after he was drafted by the Miami Dolphins with the 13th pick — far lower than he was expected to go. 

    "Man, it was a mistake. It happened years ago," Tunsil told Deion Sanders of the NFL Network. "Someone had my Twitter account and that's how it got on there. Things happens for a reason. I'm glad to be in Miami and I'm going to work my butt off."

    "I have to say yeah," Tunsil said, according to Kaplan and other reporters at the news conference.

    Tuntil was then interrupted and ushered off the podium, which you can watch here:

     

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  • NFL draft cheat sheet: Top 100 list, mock drafts, team needs, more

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    We've compiled months of work scouting players, assessing team needs and putting together our best guesses for which players will end up where — and how they'll fare.

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    Here's a handy cheat sheet for everything we've written and you need to follow your teams as they add new players for the next three days:

    Final mock drafts from Yahoo's Shaun King, Frank Schwab and Eric Edholm

    All 32 teams' biggest positional needs

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    • Positional rankings

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  • NFL draft profile: Florida State DB Jalen Ramsey, two-position star

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Shutdown Corner counted down the top 50 prospects in the 2016 NFL draft with a scouting report, quotes from NFL evaluators and a projection where they might be drafted.

    1. Florida State CB-S Jalen Ramsey 6-foot-1, 209 pounds

    Key stat : Tallied 119 solo tackles, 23 passes defended, three interceptions, 15 tackles for loss, five sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries (both returned for touchdowns) in three years as a cornerback and safety.

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    Ramsey tested through the roof at the NFL scouting combine and put on a show at his pro day, which was attended by some of the NFL's top evalutators and coaches. Teams also noted that Ramsey crushed the interview process, presenting himself as a driven, serious and impressive person as well. He has been linked to almost every team picking after the No. 3 spot and could be a Day 1 starter at corner, safety, nickel and on special teams.

    Player comp : Patrick Peterson

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  • Jared Goff or Carson Wentz? Let's check the tale of the tape

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    The Los Angeles Rams have a difficult decision, and they're not letting anyone know what their decision is.

    Even on Tuesday, two days before the Rams officially go on the clock with the first pick, coach Jeff Fisher coyly replied "maybe" when asked if the team has decided to pick Cal quarterback Jared Goff or North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz. They might keep it a secret until Thursday night.

    So what should the Rams do? There are arguments for both quarterbacks. So let's settle it the best way possible, by breaking down the tale of the tape:

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    Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm

  • NFL draft profile: Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil, nimble-footed manchild

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Shutdown Corner counted down the top 50 prospects in the 2016 NFL draft with a scouting report, quotes from NFL evaluators and a projection where they might be drafted.

    2. Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil 6-foot-5, 311 pounds

    Key stat : Has missed games in all three seasons at Ole Miss, including seven via suspension in 2015 while the NCAA found he received impermissable benefits and was unthuthful when asked about it. Came back to start Rebels' final six games.

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    The skinny : Top-tier prep prospect played as true freshman for Ole Miss, starting nine games in 2013 at left tackle. Held ownership of the position the following two seasons, despite injuries, and became one of the elite blockers in the country. He suffered a left knee injury against Mississippi State in 2013 and missed the Music City Bowl against Georgia Tech. Tunsil also tore his biceps in 2014, missing two games, and later suffered a dislocated ankle and fractured fibula that knocked him out against TCU in the Peach Bowl that season.

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  • NFL draft profile: Oregon DE DeForest Buckner, monster force inside

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Shutdown Corner counted down the top 50 prospects in the 2016 NFL draft with a scouting report, quotes from NFL evaluators and a projection where they might be drafted .

    3. Oregon DE DeForest Buckner 6-foot-7, 291 pounds

    Key stat : In the past two seasons as a 3-4 defensive end in the Ducks' defense, Buckner totaled 164 tackles, 30 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks.

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    The skinny : Prep star in football and hoops suffered a partially torn PCL in his left knee as a high-school senior, forcing him to miss part of both sports' seasons. Chip Kelly recruited Buckner to Oregon, where he played a lot as a true freshman in a rotation. By his sophomore year, Buckner started every game. In 2014, the defense shifted to a 3-4 scheme, anchored by Buckner and 2015 first-round pick Arik Armstead the next two seasons.  But Buckner roundly was viewed as the better player of the two, and the two-time captain with a criminology degree was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.

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